MANILA Philippine police chased down an unfit thief on Tuesday after he ran out of breath and asked his pursuers for a "time out."
"He was panting and gasping for air when we caught up with him after a 500 meter sprint," Erwin Buenceso, one of the arresting officers, told local radio station dzBB.
Buenceso said the man and an accomplice broke into a house in the Philippine capital and stole two expensive mobile phones. Screams from the residence alerted a local police patrol, which gave chase.
The robber asked for a "time out" using hand signals.
After he regained his composure, police seized the two stolen phones and brought him to a station for questioning.